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Practical Information and Safety


Practical Information

Airport Pick-Up

We offer an airport pick-up on Tuesday 5 July from London Heathrow at 1pm and from Birmingham International Airport at 2pm. There will be airport drop offs on Friday 15 July to London Heathrow, dropping off at 10am and to Birmingham International Airport, dropping off at 9am. Birmingham Airport is the nearest to campus so if you can travel there it will shorten your journey to campus considerably.

Should I book my flights yet?

We recommend waiting to book your flights until you have your VISA if you require one. You may also wish to wait until as late as possible in case of any travel restrictions related to Covid-19.

Weather

The weather in the UK can be very changeable, even in the summer! It can be hot and sunny or rainy and chilly and everything in between.

We advise you to bring a range of clothes, lots of layers and don’t forget your umbrella, just in case.

Spending money

The majority of costs are covered by the programme including three meals a day and travel excluding travel to and from your home country to the UK.

However, you will need some extra spending money for additional food and drink and any shopping you would like to do during your time in the UK.

Dietary requirements

We can cater for special dietary requirements, but we must be informed of these requirements in advance of your arrival at the programme. We will contact you to collect any dietary information once you have secured your place on the programme, but if you have serious allergies or and queries about dietary requirements, please contact a member of our team at preunisummerschool@warwick.ac.uk


Getting to the University of Warwick

The University of Warwick is in the centre of England, easy to reach by rail, car or plane from all parts of the UK and abroad. Ideally located on the border of the West Midlands and Warwickshire, providing easy access to the major cities of Coventry and Birmingham, and the beautiful historic towns of Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick, Kenilworth and Royal Leamington Spa. The campus is located three miles to the south west of Coventry City centre. It is one hour by train from central London. The best airports to travel to would be Birmingham International Airport or London Heathrow Airport. We will arrange travel to and from Birmingham and Heathrow airports at fixed times on Tuesday 5 July and Friday 15 July.

Safety, Security and Wellbeing

Safeguarding

During their time at the Warwick Pre-University Summer School, the students will be looked after by a core team of staff trained in safeguarding students of this age. Key staff involved in the delivery of the Summer School will also be fully DBS* checked.

In addition, students will be allocated a student mentor, a current Warwick student (minimum of one student mentor per group of 12 students) who will accompany the students around campus, on social programmes and trips and stay overnight in Halls to ensure the safety of the students, whether on campus or elsewhere.

Students will also be provided with emergency contact details of Warwick staff and support services who will be contactable 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Campus safety and safety in London

The University takes campus security very seriously and we have a campus security team who work 24 hours a day, 365 days a year protecting the wellbeing of students, visitors and staff on campus, including the provision of emergency first-aid.

In London, we will ensure that everyone is aware of safety and security issues by giving a talk to all students. Everyone will also be expected to adhere to the code of conduct, which is there to ensure that our students and visitors have a safe and enjoyable experience. Student mentors will also accompany students in London.

General fitness

We expect that students who are travelling to join our programme are sufficiently well enough, physically and mentally to do so. This will enable the students to get the most out of what will be an intensive programme packed with activities, including sight-seeing and day trips. If a student has been unwell prior to the programme, we ask that you make us aware prior to arrival so we can assess their suitability for the programme and put appropriate support in place if required. Please note, we may require medical evidence that the student is well enough to travel and participate in the programme.

We can make reasonable adjustments for those students who have disabilities. Please contact a member of the team at the earliest possibility to discuss any additional needs of the student.

If a student becomes unwell during the programme, we will support them in receiving medical assistance etc, and will liaise with parents/guardians if there are any issues which may hinder participation in the programme.

Parental Consent

We will require parents/legal guardians of every student to sign a parental consent form confirming that the student can participate in the Summer School and agreeing to the code of conduct.

Code of Conduct

In addition to parental consent, all students will be required to sign a Code of Conduct to ensure their safety and that of others on the programme. Students are required to sign this prior to arrival, and so should be very aware of what they are signing up to before they join the programme.

However, we will also host an Induction session for the programme, which will set out very clearly the expectations of students in terms of cultural awareness and etiquette, and the University’s expectations in terms of active participation in the course and standards of behaviour for students on our courses.

There will be zero tolerance if students break the code of conduct. Parents will be informed and asked to make arrangements to remove the student from the programme at their own cost.

Health and Welfare

We take the students’ health and welfare on the programme very seriously. Our dedicated staff team will be able to offer advice to students should they need medical assistance, counselling or are feeling homesick.

Insurance

We advise all summer school attendees to take out suitable travel/medical insurance to cover individual needs.

*DBS stands for Disclosure and Barring Service, the organisation which undertake criminal records checks.

For Parents/Guardians:

Should you need to contact one of our students during the programme, please feel free to contact a member of the team.

FAQ'S

Students attending must be aged 15-17 at the time of the Summer School and currently be studying A levels, International or European Baccalaureate or equivalent and preparing to attend university.
Yes, students can attend alone. All safeguarding measures will be put into place for students attending on their own. Please see above.
Each student should apply and pay separately but note on the application which group they are attending with and the name of any accompanying teachers if relevant. We will apply any group booking discounts as soon as we receive applications from each individual applying. We welcome conversations with teachers to arrange the logistics.
Of course, the Pre University Summer School is a taster of university life and although you will find out more about Warwick during your visit, the programme is designing to be an introduction to undergraduate level study in the UK.
You will receive a University of Warwick Certificate of Attendance at the end of the programme.
The deadline for applying is the end of May if you require a VISA as time is needed to make a VISA application. if you do not require a VISA you can apply up to two weeks before the programme starts as long as there are spaces available. We do anticipate the programme filling very quickly so would urge you to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.